Okay, if Bistro Bellet was great, I would probably be saying it and remembering a whole lot more, but I ain't getting any younger and neither are the neurons in the memory center of my brain. Don't mind me, you don't need to know that. Okay, BB may not be great, but it's pretty damn good. And the great thing about BB is they are open early and they close late. You don't find that too often on the restaurant scene in Paris. As Le Fooding inquires: Où trouver une bouillabaisse à 23 heures un vendredi ? I hear you.
The more I ruminate here about the BB dinner, the more I realize I'm looking forward to going back. Traditional French cuisine, regularly changing carte, and enough originality to merit the trip to a dead end and then back again. Unfortunately, I didn't photograph the carte, so I can't remember the specific make up of the dishes, but have a look anyway:
|Poisson and roquette - excellent|
|bouillabaisse à 21 heures - their specialty, and it lived up to expectation|
|Tarte chocolate - good as it looks, but you probably won't write your grandmother about it|
|Bouille Bellet - not too impressive|
As for entrees, we weren't too intrigued by the 5 or so offerings, so we ended up splitting a pretty standard salade de legumes. That put us in the 2-course 32€ category, in lieu of the 3-course 36€ option, but as mentioned, there were a couple supplements. A decent 27€ bottle of Cahors, bringing the total to 101, with a couple dreaded supplements thrown in. Basically, BB is a bright new addition to the Paris restaurant scene, moving us in the right direction in terms of less rigidity in opening hours, reservations, stodginess and bread (Sangaré Bakary, chez Thierry Breton). You're not going to get blown away by François Chenel's originality in the kitchen, but you won't walk away unhappy.
84, rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
tel: 01 45 23 42 06
Website: What website?